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unpopular causes such as the hike in the consumption tax. opposition leaders have criticized the dpj for putting the alliance with the u.s. in danger by flip-flopping on relocating american bases. you know, opposition parties will be making these same arguments to voters. >> so how do you rate the opposition's chances of winning? >> mm-hmm. recent polls suggest that main opposition leader democrats could regain power. you know, leader shinzo abe has already served as a prime minister in 2006 and '07. he says he would not yield in territorial fight with china and would increase defense spending if necessary. at the same time, he said he would do more to mend economic ties. he said if deflation persists he might delay the hike in the consumption tax. he has piled the pressure on the central bank to do more to ease monetary policy. he has said the government policy of phasing out nuclear power by the 2030s is unrealistic and irresponsible. >> so how about all these new parties that we're hearing about? >> well, voters who are tired of the establishment could support what are known as th
payments set in august. >>> starbucks executives will pay 20 million pounds in corporate tax to the british government. lawmakers are accusing the u.s. coffee chain of tax avoidance. officials of the chain announce it will pay 10 million pounds, or about $16 million each year in 2013 and 2014. they say they'll do it regardless of whether the company is profitable. starbucks entered the british market in 1998. the chain now has over 700 outlets across the country. but the company posted a profit only once since then, and its official paid no corporate tax for the last three years. starbucks officials said they haven't turned a profit because of high rents and brand royalties paid to their amsterdam-based group firm. tax rates in the netherlands are lower than in britain. they say they will pay more tax in the two years than is required under british law. >>> the asian development bank has raised this year's outlook for five emerging economies. its board members cite strong growth in southeast asia, especially in the philippines and malaysia. the bank's board members revised their estimate fr
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